The Project comprises financing of essential capex and working capital needs of the agro-industrial holding "Astarta-Kyiv" ("Astarta" or "Astarta Group").
The Project will support Astarta in financing its essential capex related to modernisation, energy efficiency and environmental improvements of existing production facilities and introduction of climate smart agricultural practices to increase business resilience, as well as working capital needs associated with farming, sugar and soybean processing activities of the Group.
ETI score: 70
Primary Quality Resilient:
The Project will increase the Group's resilience and will help to sustain its operations and keep production volumes and export, which are essential for food security and for commodities availability for the next seasons.
Secondary Quality Inclusive:
The Project will help to preserve Astarta's human capital and the livelihoods of its employees as well as partner companies across Ukraine that the Group cooperates with throughout its supply chain.
Astarta is one of the largest vertically integrated agro-industrial Groups in Ukraine operating five sugar plants, soybean processing factory, ca. 220 thousand ha of leased arable land and a dairy farm. Since 2006 the Group has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
EBRD Finance Summary
The Project includes financing of up to USD 21 million equivalent for the EBRD's account and up to USD 9 million sustainability-linked loan for the account of the Clean Technology Fund.
Total Project Cost
The Project comprises financing of the essential Capex of USD 24.5 million and a portion of the estimated peak WC needs of USD 395.0 million.
Additionality stems from the following:
Terms: As a result of the war on Ukraine, the market for financing in Ukraine is very limited. EBRD financing effectively bridges a financing gap left by the withdrawal of commercial banks finance. The loan will have concessional finance component funded by the Clean Technology Fund, which is linked to improvements in corporate climate governance, adoption of precision, soil conservation and agro-ecological agricultural practices in Astarta's farming operations.
Conditionalities: EBRD credit, transition impact and environmental related conditionalities go far beyond what commercial funding sources would require. As part of a technical assistance assignment with the EBRD, Astarta is developing its corporate climate change strategy, which includes a decarbonisation and climate change resilience pathway.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised C (2019 ESP). The environmental and social risks associated with the provision of working capital and the modernisation and maintenance of existing sites are not expected to be significant. Astarta's environmental and social impacts and corporate management systems are well known to the Bank from the previous transactions. Due diligence for this transaction was carried out via an environmental and social questionnaire and a review of the Group's EHS policy and procedures.
Astarta is one of the largest integrated agricultural companies in Ukraine, with activities covering grain, sugar and dairy farming. Astarta is operating in line with the applicable EBRD Performance Requirements. The Group has an integrated labour protection, industrial safety, environmental protection and energy management system. The EHS management systems are in line with ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards. Collective agreements are in place between the Group and the trade unions. Astarta's environmental and social performance on other EBRD projects has been good, the ESAP agreed for previous transaction has been implemented and the Group provided comprehensive E&S reports. The ESAP for the Project have been agreed for reporting on implementation of a climate strategy and the development of a management plan to address heat stress risks. The Bank will continue to monitor the environmental and social performance of the Group via annual reporting, including tracking of indicators related to the GET attribution.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: Legal due diligence cost will be covered by the Japan-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.
Non-TC: The EBRD loan is approved on the basis of first loss risk cover funded by EBRD Crisis Response Special Fund, Netherlands Ukraine Response Platform Individual Sub-Account.
Company Contact Information
Ms. Yevheniia Pyrih
04071, Kyiv, Yaroslavska str. 58
PSD last updated
16 Jun 2023
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